America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful is a patriotic song that stirs the emotions.  It is also hard to sing well, and for that reason is frequently used in vocal auditions! 

Download it free in two keys for easy piano, in six keys as a lead sheet, or with piano accompaniment/four-part harmony.

Here is the new easy piano arrangement, shown in the key of Bb (the other key is C):

Easy piano arrangement of America the Beautiful

A closeup look at page one:

A closeup look at a piano arrangement of America the Beautiful

And page two of the easy piano arrangement:

Page two of an easy piano version of O Beautiful for spacious skies

Scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs to print

Here are the lead sheets:

Free sheet music America the Beautiful

It's a good audition song

Because the intervals of the chorus of this popular patriotic song are very tricky to sing without a piano accompaniment (for younger and less experienced singers, at any rate), it makes a good High School Choir audition song.

Try singing it a capella

Oh boy.  NOW students can't hide!  

Here in Alaska, the audition for being part of the state and local Honor Choirs calls for a couple of major scales, a descending arpeggio (broken chord), and one verse of THIS song, sung with no accompaniment.

What makes this song so difficult to sing without an accompaniment?

I think it is the melody's use of almost all the intervals, and the temporary modulation (change of key) at the end of line two.  

Most particularly, starting at the end of line two and into line three, your students who are plagued with intonation weaknesses may have trouble getting back into the tonic.  

Those large intervals (4ths, 5ths, and 6ths) in rapid succession are tricky!

Here is what the four-part harmony (or piano version) looks like:

America the Beautiful four-part harmony or piano arrangement sheet music

This is the same arrangement you will run into in most hymnals.



The new easy piano links:


Download easy piano arrangement of America the Beautiful in Bb


Download easy arrangement in the key of C


Here are the lead sheet links:


America the Beautiful in the Key of A 


America in the Key of Bb


Download lead sheet in the key of B


Download in the key of C


Download in the key of D


Download in the key of G 


The links for the piano or four-part harmony arrangement:


Download "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies" for piano in A


Download America for piano in key of Bb


Download in key of B


Download in key of C


Download in key of D


Download in key of G (lowest key)


I do recommend having your voice students work with this piece, even if vocal auditions are a long way off!


Do you need a beautiful but easy solo for a young beginning singer?  Check out a simple song used in Cinderella, "Lavender's Blue"!


See all the free patriotic songs on my site!

America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)


America the Beautiful


Anchors Aweigh


Army Theme


Marine's Hymn


Star-Spangled Banner


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...and if you can't find it here, you might be able to find a (for-sale) version in the "Patriotic" category at Musicnotes:

Get Sheet Music at Musicnotes.com







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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.